Massachusetts State Symbols

Massachusetts State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Massachusetts Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Massachusetts is situated in the New England region of the United States. Massachusetts is also rich in historic tradition and a leader in higher education, health care, financial services, and science and technology. Students studying in Massachusetts will find a typical American atmosphere combined with the scenic coastal destinations of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.

Massachusetts is one of the six New England states, and one of the first 13 states in the Union (it entered in 1788), Massachusetts is known as the "Bay State" or as the "Old Colony State." The Pilgrims established their settlement at Plymouth in 1620, arriving on the Mayflower. They were followed shortly by the Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans named their colony after a local Indian tribe whose name means "a large hill place." The birthplace of many of the ideals of the American Revolution, Massachusetts attracted people who believed in self-government. It's appropriate that the state flower is the maylower (Epigaea repens), also known as the trailing arbutus!

Massachusetts State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Massachusetts state facts such as Massachusetts state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Massachusetts, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Massachusetts State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Artist Norman Rockwell
Beans Baked Navy Bean
Berry Cranberry
(Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Beverage Cranberry Juice
(Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Bird Black-capped Chickadee
(Parus atricapillu
Blues Artist Musician Henry St. Clair Fredericks, better known as Taj Mahal
Building & Monument Stone Granite
Cat Tabby Cat
(Felis familiaris)
Ceremonial March "The Road to Boston"
Children's Author and Illustrator Author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss
Children's Book "Make Way for Ducklings''
by Robert McCloskey
Citizenry Bay Staters
Colors Blue, green and cranberry
Cookie Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dessert Boston Cream Pie
Dog The Boston Terrier
(Canis familiaris bostenensis)
Donut Boston Cream Donut
Explorer Rock Dighton Rock
Fish Cod
(Gadus morrhua
Flag State Flag
Flower or Floral Emblem Mayflower
(Epigaea repens)
Folk Dance Square Dance
Folk Hero Johnny Appleseed
(John Chapman)
Folk Song "Massachusetts"
Fossil Dinosaur Tracks
Game Bird Wild Turkey
(Meleagris gallopavo)
Gem Rhodonite
Glacial Rock Rolling Rock in Fall River
Glee Club Song "The Great State of Massachusetts"
words by George A. Wells, and music by J. Earl Bley
Heroine Deborah Samson
Historical Rock Plymouth Rock
Horse Morgan Horse
(Equus cabullus morganensis)
Insect Ladybug
(Adalia bipunctata)

Inventor Benjamin Franklin
Korean War Memorial Located in the Shipyard Park of the Charlestown Navy Yard
Marine Mammal Right Whale
(Eubabalena glacialis)
MIA/POW Memorial Town of Bourne at the Massachusetts National Cemetary
Mineral Babingtonite
Motto Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
(By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
Muffin Corn Muffin
Nicknames Nicknames
Ode of the Commonwealth "Ode to Massachusetts"
Peace Statue

In recognition of veterans who served in WWI in the town of and designated as the Orange Peace Statue shall be the official peace statue of the Commonwealth

Patriotic Song "Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)"
Poem "Blue Hills of Massachusetts"
Polka "Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts"
Quarter Massachusetts State Quarter
Reptile Garter Snake
Rock Roxbury Puddingstone
(Roxbury Conglomerate)
Seal Great Seal
Shell New England Neptune
(Neptuna lyrata decemcostata)
Soil Paxton Soil Series
Song "All Hail to Massachusetts"

Basketball became the official state sport. Invented in 1891 by a Springfield, Massachusetts teacher Dr. James Naismith.

Tartan Bay State Tartan

On August 14, 2003, the Bay State Tartan became the official District Tartan of the Commonwealth. Registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority, and may be viewed at

Tree American Elm
(Ulmus americana)
Veterans of Southwest
Asia War Monument
Worcester, Desert Calm Committee, Inc.
Vietnam War Memorial Memorial in Worcester
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